State lawmakers have addressed circumcision and foam takeout containers this year, but the state’s backsliding economy and dismal jobs outlook are dominating the end of the legislative session.
California congressional members are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to suspend the state’s participation in a Homeland Security program that aims to deport dangerous criminals.
State lawmakers have revised a bill to give counties more funding as they prepare to house up to 40,000 inmates who will be transferred from state prisons.
Education officials are warning lawmakers that a shorter school year, larger class sizes and teacher layoffs are ahead if the Legislature resorts to an all-cuts budget to close a deficit that once stood at nearly $27 billion.
A state panel has slashed the amount of money California taxpayers will spend to keep legislators on the road.
The speaker of the California Assembly is blocking permission given to four lawmakers to carry concealed weapons inside the state Capitol.
The recent shooting of an Arizona congresswoman and threats against California lawmakers have prompted a change in the state Assembly, where the officials who guard lawmakers will begin carrying handguns full-time.
California lawmakers responding to concerns that schoolyard bullying has led to increased suicides and truancy passed a resolution Friday calling attention to the problem.
Indicating they have gone as far as they can for now, California lawmakers on Thursday took a break from budget votes after tackling about half of the state’s $26.6 billion shortfall through cuts, loans and transfers.
Key lawmakers are staying close to the Capitol this weekend as Gov. Jerry Brown tries to work out a compromise on the state budget.
Now that California lawmakers have missed Gov. Jerry Brown’s self-imposed budget deadline, it’s unclear when they have to act to meet his demand for a special election in June to consider extending recent tax hikes.
In an unprecedented public give-and-take, Gov. Jerry Brown appeared before a legislative committee Thursday and engaged rank-and-file lawmakers in a discussion about how to address California’s $26.6 billion budget deficit.